Baby Baum: 38 Weeks

February 12, 2014

I am feeling a wee bit like a ticking time bomb at this point – and for good reason. Just look at that belly! As of today, I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant.

Baby Baum 38 Weeks

What’s up with the baby?

  • He or she is now the size of a pumpkin, measuring 18.9 to 20.9 in in length, and 6.2 to 9.2 lbs in weight.
  • The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby’s skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into my amniotic fluid
  • The baby’s head is about the same circumference as its abdomen, and the head could be covered in an inch or so of hair

My details:

Weight gained: I am feeling the same as last week, so I am thinking around 25-27 lbs up. I have my 38 week appointment today where I’ll find out for sure.

Workouts: Like I mentioned last week, I am only walking at this point. Running is a thing of the past. I am still strength training as well, as I know the squats, lunges, and leg work will be helping me pretty soon. I had a great strength workout on Monday, and plan to get to the gym tonight again for another strength session.

Symptoms:

  • Super frequent bathroom visits
  • Braxton Hicks contractions every day
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Some pelvis pain

Movement: Lots and lots, per the usual. Between the moving and the Braxton Hicks contractions, I feel like my stomach is always in a constant wave.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Nothing like usual. I’ve been eating the same stuff pretty much every day (oatmeal, egg sandwiches, etc) but I honestly think it’s because it is so easy to make. I don’t even think about what I want to eat at this point – I just go ahead and make it.

Sleep: I wake up a lot to pee, and I’ve been tossing and turning a bit more. Its been pretty warm down here in Florida, so I’ve been getting hot at night. I am not a fan at all of that.

Stretch marks: None!

Baby Baum 38 weeks

Fun Things from the week: There wasn’t a whole lot that happened this past week! We are really just tying up a bunch of loose ends and trying to get the nursery 100% finished. My mom is still working on recovering our glider, so I am really hoping that is done by the weekend. I am itching to show it to you all!

Belly Button In or Out? Out!

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy!

New Baby Items: We got a portable changing pad in the mail from a friend and I picked up a few newborn books too. We are really ready at this point!

Looking forward to: Meeting the baby! It’s going to happen so so soon! I just can’t handle it!

Any favorite baby books to recommend? I would love your input!

Prepping Food for Baby: Round 1

February 10, 2014

I set a lofty goal of having multiple pre-cooked items in the freezer and ready to go for when the baby gets here. I have been telling myself for weeks I would start making stuff – this weekend, I finally kept my promise to myself! On Sunday, I headed to the grocery for our normal haul, and ended up with a few extra items to start prepping extra goodies.

Grocery Items

 

When looking for recipes, I really wanted to make things I didn’t have to buy too many extra ingredients for. What could I make using the things I already have in my pantry and fridge?! Luckily, I found a few fantastic recipes that I believe will be perfect for the upcoming weeks.

A few weekends ago, I came across a recipe for blueberry muffins. Rather than using blueberries, which aren’t in season right now, I went ahead and used strawberries, which are on super sale! We have been eating them like crazy, and I am loving it! This is the only recipe I would consider as more of an indulgence than the rest. The recipe contains sugar, butter, white flour – ya know, the good stuff ;)

Strawberry Lemon Crumb Muffins

Then, last week, Lindsay posted a picture on Instagram of something I knew I wanted to make – jalapeño cheddar sweet potato puffs. There are only a few ingredients (all of which are very healthy), and they are so so delicious! I went ahead and omitted the jalapeños, but added a small can of diced green chiles to give it a little bit of spice, but nothing as intense like a fresh jalapeño. They didn’t exactly turn out pretty, but they taste delicious! Marcus gave them to big thumbs up!

Green Chili Sweet Potato Puff

While looking for the recipe on Lindsay’s site, I ended up finding another one to make, which I just so happened to have (almost) all of the ingredients for. It went on my to-do list! The quinoa breakfast bars turned out great. I omitted the nuts, and substituted maple syrup for the brown rice syrup, since I didn’t have any of that on hand. I also doubled the batch since I knew this was something I could easily eat on the go, is nutritious, and will help to keep me full for a while.

Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Last but not least, Gina posted a very tasty looking recipe last week as well – Upside Down Apple Bread. I ended up putting my own spin on this one, because I didn’t feel like spending the $12 extra on almond meal. My version is not grain free, but still is super yummy! I substituted whole wheat flour for the almond meal, added 1/2 cup of milk, omitted the flax (I don’t have any), added a tablespoon extra of cinnamon to the dough, and then added an extra teaspoon of vanilla as well. It helped to give it a little more taste since the flour has a much different taste than almond meal does. The verdict – yummmm!!! I plan to add a scoop of yogurt to the top when it comes to eating it to give it some protein and healthy fats.

Upside Down Apple Bread

As long as the baby doesn’t come this week, I plan to do one more day of meal prep to get us ready this weekend. I am thinking some more lunch/dinner meals, since this really covers mostly just breakfast and snacks.

Any ideas for some tasty and easy dinner recipes I can make and then freeze?

It’s Friday – Let’s Chat!

February 7, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!

Friday ecard

1. I am planning to do some serious cooking this weekend to get ready for the baby. I am thinking easy food I can freeze and then eat on the go, and here and there if needed. All I know so far, is I am definitely making these jalapeño cheddar sweet potato puffs. They look delish! Any other ideas for food I can make in bulk?

2. I came across this article last night about epidurals prolonging labor and thought it to be an interesting read. I am all about educating myself on all of the different birthing methods, so I definitely wanted to get this article read and in my arsenal of information. Speaking of arsenal of information, I can’t help but laugh at how my reading collection has changed.

pregnancy books

3. This just makes me smile. Who can’t smile at animals that look like baked goods – I mean, come on.

4. I have only 2 weeks and 2 days until my due date. How on Earth is that possible?? I really can not believe it! It is way hard to believe this belly is going to be gone (somewhat) in what could be days.

Baby Baum week 37

5. I walked out of lunch on Wednesday to a nail, straight in my tire. Of course, this also meant the tire was completely flat. This has happened to me 3 times in less than a year! There is a ton of construction on the roads where we live, but dang – I can’t catch a break. Glass half full side – at least we weren’t on the way to the hospital or something ;)

Nail in tire

6. We have decided to hire someone to clean our house for the first few months the baby is here. I feel like it is the best treat I can give myself, so I can concentrate on the little one and not worry about a dirty house. Anyone else consider doing this when you had kids?

What do you have planned for the weekend? Any wisdom you can share with my questions above?!

Baby Baum: 37 Weeks

February 5, 2014

First off, thanks to What To Expect for having me contribute to their site! Go check out the article I wrote about running during pregnancy. :)

Only a little bit of time left! Today marks 37 weeks and 3 days, and it is definitely starting to feel like it! I feel like a few weeks ago, my belly was quite torpedo-like. Now, I feel like it is starting to round out a bit. There is a big baby in there ;)

37 weeks baby baum

What’s going on with baby?

  • Baby Baum is the size of a wintermelon, measuring 18.9 to 20.9 inches in length, and weighs 6.2 to 9.2 lbs <– anyone else feel like that is a crazy big spread!??
  • He or she is practicing some skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
  • He or she is getting its first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for its first diaper.

My details:

Weight gained: Based off of this morning’s appointment, I am still up the 25 lbs. I probably won’t gain too much more from here on out.

Workouts: I decided last week was my last week of running. I got in a couple of runs last week, and they were both terrible. I was uncomfortable during, but even more so, I was very uncomfortable after. It truly felt like my pelvis had been punches for miles after I was finish. I’ve told myself from the beginning that as soon as I was hurting, I would stop. That time has definitely come! I am a-ok to walk and to strength train as well still, so I plan to continue on with that until the end.

Labor Symptoms: On my last appointment, the doctor told me I was having contractions while she was checking everything. I couldn’t feel a thing, and I guess the same thing has been happening this week. I feel a little bit of tightening, and then it goes away. No pain is accompanying the contractions, so its all just early stuff to get my body ready for the real deal. Otherwise, the baby has dropped for sure, because I feel like I need to pee even more so in the past week or two than ever before!

Movement: He or she is a mover and a shaker, thats for sure! A ton of movement, all the time.

Food Aversions/Cravings: I have definitely been craving carbs a bit more than usual lately. They are just so tasty! I’ve been doing oatmeal for breakfast, an egg sandwich for lunch, and then a more nutritious dinner most days.

Sleep: Its been less than stellar, unfortunately. I’ve been waking up 3x a night now to pee, so that just takes it out of me a bit. I’m not working my job at the running store anymore though, so I have been able to get in a nap nearly every day, which makes a huge difference for me!

Stretch marks: None!

Fun Things from the week: We finally installed the car seat in the car. Better late then never, right!?

Belly Button In or Out? Out out out. Can’t ya tell!?

Baby Baum week 37

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Very happy!

New Baby Items: I got an infant insert for the Ergo carrier from the lovely Beth! She didn’t need it anymore for her two boys, so she passed it on to me. Thanks so so much Beth! I also received my breast pump in the mail from our insurance company. Still feel so so lucky insurance covers that now!

Looking forward to: I have a feeling this answer will not change for the rest of my updates. I am most looking forward to meeting Baby Baum and seeing whether its a girl or boy! I am getting so so anxious to find out at this point! Based off of what the doctor said today, the latest that will be is March 2nd or 3rd. Hopefully I won’t have to wait that long, but we shall see!

Hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday!

My New York City Marathon Experience

February 3, 2014

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of the New York Road Runners.

In 2010, I decided to try my hand at entering the lottery for the New York City Marathon. I had heard plenty of people talk about the race and how difficult it was to get in, but I figured, whats the worst that could happen. A few short months later, I logged into my profile and saw one word that definitely changed my running life forever: “Accepted”.

I started training in the summer months, which was a challenge in itself. Sure, summer running is tough, but just come to Florida and give it a try. At times, it can be down right miserable. Waking up at 4:30 am before a full 9 hour work day became the new norm. I had one goal in my mind – kicking ass in NYC.

Before marathon weekend, I had never made it up to the Big Apple. Since the race, I still haven’t been back. The only vision I have of New York City is running through the 5 boroughs back in November of 2010. What a race it truly was!

The race starts later than any other one I have ever ran in the past, and yet, I was still up long before dawn. If I remember correctly, my start time was around 10:15 or so, and I remember having to be there around 3 hours before my wave. It starts in Staten Island, so everyone is required to get there with plenty of time to spare. I had plenty of throw away clothes with me, a trash bag to sit on the cold ground (it was in the 30’s that morning!), and plenty of fuel to power me before and during the race. I found a comfy place to sit and just chatted with the other runners around me – the energy was contagious!

NYC Marathon

Once it was time for my wave, I made it to my corral pretty quick, and then listened to something which brought such a smile to my face – Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. It is hard to even explain that moment, but it was truly special. I was getting ready to run my biggest marathon ever, after months of grueling training, in one of the most renowned cities in the world. It was unreal.

Heading over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at the start into Brooklyn was a very neat moment. All you could hear were the pitter patter of runners’ feet beside you, along with the puttering of helicopters above, taking in the massive crowds. There were no spectators, no volunteers, just all of us embarking on the same 26.2 mile journey. We could see the entire skyline from the bridge – for a NYC newbie, this was an amazing experience.

NYC Marathon

Once we got off the bridge and into Brooklyn, it was all screams and cheers from there on out. I was shocked by the amount of people lining the streets. It wasn’t just a few people here or there, it was hoards of people, 3, 4, 5, people deep. The entire way! I had run much smaller races before and had experience nothing like this. It was a natural high I just couldn’t get enough of!

NYC Marathon

Brooklyn was the first place I caught a glimpse of Marcus and my sister, Emily. We agreed for them to always be on the left side, and decided on a few points as to where I could look for them. They had a couple of signs so I would know where they were, and I was able to catch them each and every time! We really weren’t sure how it would go since there were so many runners and so many spectators, but we made it work. They even made a little guide for all the spectators out there – check it out!

NYC Marathon

After Brooklyn, we headed into Queens, the Bronx, and then finally Manhattan. My lack of hill training started to become apparent as I reached about the mile 22 mark. The tiny rolling hills were killing me at that point, and I knew finishing was my only goal – not a certain time. I did my best to keep a positive attitude and just keep looking around. There was so much to take in – I was running through all the amazing parts of New York City!

I remember crossing the finish line after running through the rolling hills of Central Park and never having felt so relieved! The last couple of miles were brutal, but worth every step. At first, I swore off marathons for a solid hour. Then, of course, my thoughts completely flipped and I was on Cloud 9. Where would my next race be and how could I get faster between now and then? Such crazy runner talk ;) I meandered through the crowds and finally caught up with my support team – the best a girl could ask for!

NYC Marathon

There are so many amazing races throughout the world. How on Earth do you choose which one to dedicate months of training to? If the TCS New York Marathon isn’t on your bucket list, I strongly suggest you add it! It is truly a world-renowned event that ever marathoner should have the privilege in participating in at least once. I can not wait to have the opportunity to run it again!

Luckily, the lottery is still open for the 2014 race! You have until March 18, 2014 to submit your entry! Even better, there are 6 weekly sweepstakes drawings that pull (1) winner from each of the 5 boroughs and 5 National and International runners from the Marathon Applicant database. Each winner will win a non complimentary, guaranteed entry (yes, you get the entry but still have to pay) into the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Drawings will be held each Monday (including today!), through March 10th.

There is also a Twitter chat, this Thursday February 6th at 9pm EST. Follow the hashtag #TCSNYCMarathonApply for a Q&A with Coach John Honerkamp. Coach Honerkamp has a few very notable accolades, including:

  • Completing the 2010 NYC Marathon in 2:44:22
  • Pacing Apollo Ohno and Summer Sanders to their fantastic marathon finishes
  • His personal bests include 1:47.26 (800 meters), 3:41.58 (1500 meters), and 4:01.30 (one mile)

Have you ever ran the NYC Marathon? It is on our bucket list, or are you adding it now?!